Beautification and Widening Project at Texas State Cemetery Celebrated with Ribbon-Cutting

Contact: Brad Wheelis

Phone: (512) 832-7060

Date: May 17, 2018

AUSTIN – One of the shortest highways in Texas has gotten a makeover. SH 165, a half-mile road within the grounds of the Texas State Cemetery, was widened to accommodate more visitors at the historical site. A ribbon-cutting was held today to mark the completion of the project. Former Texas Transportation Committee Chairman, Judge Tryon Lewis, and Texas State Cemetery Committee members joined the Texas Department of Transportation for the celebration.

“This cemetery is a gem in our crown,” said Lewis. “My thanks to TxDOT and its partners for what they’ve done to make Texas a better place and to make this particular gem a better place.”

The $281,000 project expanded the one-lane road into a two-lane road. Sandblasted concrete with flagstone pavers were used to maintain the integrity of the historic site.

 “From our agency’s perspective, this project was not our biggest,” said TxDOT Austin District Engineer Terry McCoy. “But this project is perhaps one of the most significant for our agency because it too becomes a part of history.”

“This job required a lot of delicacy and finesse,” said cemetery committee member Jim Bayless. “The widening of the highway facilitates traffic flow and alleviates a chronic problem for those attending burial services out here.”

The Texas State Cemetery is the final resting place for Stephen F. Austin, former Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Tom Landry, as well as governors, lawmakers, and other state heroes.

Last year a plot was preserved and set aside for former President George W. Bush.

The contractor was Dan Williams Company.


The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail, and public transportation across the state. Through collaboration and leadership, we deliver a safe, reliable, and integrated transportation system that enables the movement of people and goods.  Find out more at "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Media Center